germ·​o·​phobe | \ ˈjər-mə-ˌfōb How to pronounce germophobe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly germaphobe

Definition of germophobe

: a person who has an abnormal fear of germs

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Other Words from germophobe

germophobic \ ˌjər-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce germophobic (audio) \ or less commonly germaphobic adjective

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Thrill seekers or germophobes, there is a water park for everyone in Central Indiana. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know to prevent drownings," 13 June 2018 Anchor Michael Che dismissed Trump’s claim of being a germophobe by citing the president’s relations with hookers. Hal Boedeker,, "'SNL': Robert De Niro channels Robert Mueller," 15 Apr. 2018 Thompson as Alex’s best friend Marty exudes affability, Washington’s Gloria is bold and beautiful and Bertaux makes a lanky, likeable germophobe. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "You've got to 'move it, move it' to Red Branch," 22 Dec. 2017 Say hello to Sheldon Cooper 9.0 of CBS spinoff Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory origin story that tracks genius Sheldon as a young germophobe, also 9, who's entering high school in east Texas in 1989. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Young Sheldon' kids around with boy version of 'Big Bang Theory' genius," 19 Sep. 2017 The film is set in the mid-eighties, and earlier scenes in the movie had invoked AIDS and the fear of contagion (the germophobe kid had heard of a lady who got AIDS from just touching a pole). Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Stephen King’s It is a Call for Solidarity Among the Traumatized," 12 Sep. 2017 Encased in a squeeze tube printed with its signature Neutraface 2.0 font, its old-timey-apothecary feel aesthetically conceals the neuroticism of a germophobe with good design. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Fanciest Hand Sanitizer in the World," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of germophobe

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of germophobe was in 1894

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